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NoRTH Northern Realist Research Team Hub

NoRTH comprises an experienced team of researchers based at Northumbria University with established regional, national and international links, who have expertise in and are regularly using and developing realist approaches to research.

Being driven by the ideas of research impact and working on a strong collaborative ethos with practice and academic colleagues, we have found the realist approach particularly useful to generate research with real world impact. 

The overall function of the Hub is:

  • To support researchers engaging in realist projects – from novice to experienced.
  • Coordinate a regular and vibrant regional realist reading and support group.
  • To run workshops on the use of realist approaches.
  • To promote the use and understanding of realist thinking whenever appropriate.
  • To disseminate examples of realist work, and methodological advancements.
  • To support students who wish to learn more about realist approaches.
  • To stimulate innovative discussion and debates that contributes to the advancement of realist methodology

Previous and current Northumbria University projects have a diversity that is typical of the method application, including but not limited to: palliative and end of life care; long term conditions; public health interventions; frailty; welfare advice; marginalised groups; sports coach development; criminology; whole systems change; drug and alcohol services.

We also support a number of PhD students and early career researchers. 


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